Sciatic Pain: How to Find Relief
What is the Sciatic Nerve?
Every person has what is called a Sciatic Nerve. This nerve is the largest in the human body. The nerve is formed by five other nerves from the lower spine. The Sciatic nerve originates in the gluteal area and runs down the back of the leg.
What is Sciatic Nerve Pain?
Sciatic nerve pain is often referred to as Sciatica. Sciatic pain happens when there is pressure on the nerve. This can happen when women are pregnant, a disc is herniated or a bone spur in the spine presses on the nerve. The pain starts at the spine and then will radiate down one or both legs. The irritation can cause a burning or tingling sensation and numbness in the legs.
Finding relief for Sciatica
Fortunately, Sciatica pain can be resolved with multiple different therapies. Some find relief with chiropractic care, stretching, massage therapy, steroid injections and as a last resort: medication. Working with a pain management provider will allow for those with this condition to have the best possible outcome.
Who is at risk? Common causes of Sciatic Pain
Sciatica can affect people of all ages.
- Herniated disc
- Bone spur originating in the spine
- Lifestyle factors (i.e. sedentary lifestyle)
- Work conditions
When should I see a Pain Management Provider?
Schedule an appointment with on of our providers if:
- You cannot bear weight on the leg
- Cannot fully extend or bend the leg
- The pain is interfering with daily activities
What treatment options are available for sciatica?
There are many options to treat sciatic pain, ranging from self care to medications and medical procedures. Here are some common treatments:
- Ice packs
- Heat packs or heating pads
- Over-the-counter medications
- Pain relievers
- Muscle relaxers
- Some anti-seizure medications
- Some antidepressant medications
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care